As you’ve probably heard by now, Heather Harde — my boss for the past three years or so — has quit AOL. There’s not much more to say beyond what Mike already has. This is just really sad — sad because it never should have gone down this way.
Heather was far and away the best boss I ever had. She’s also the hardest working person I’ve ever met. She could and probably should be the CEO of dozens of other companies in Silicon Valley. Hopefully she’ll do that now, if she wants.
Forget myself or Paul or Sarah leaving TechCrunch. Forget even Mike leaving TechCrunch. Heather’s departure is by far the biggest blow to the company — and Mike would be the first to say that.
Given its scale (which we all built over the years) TechCrunch will survive without Heather, but it will never be the same. I honestly can’t think of a single person they could put in place that would be able to do a fraction of what Heather was able to do on the business side of things. It will be totally different now. Maybe that’s fine, but it will never be better.
Again, this is all just incredibly frustrating because it really didn’t have to happen this way. And yet, it did.
Thanks for everything Heather.
This is, quite simply, one of the worst pieces I’ve ever read on Apple.
Zach Epstein starts off trashing Apple’s iPhone 4S announcement as perhaps “the beginning of the end” — and does so citing a bunch of analysts.
As anyone who watches Apple closely knows, analysts are absolutely fucktarded when it comes to Apple. If you bet directly against what they’ve said about the company over the years, you’d be a very rich person. They’re always wrong. And it’s clear that the vast majority of them do not understand the company.
Of course, posts citing analysts about Apple are nothing new. Some writers keep going back to the well despite getting diarrhea of the mind over and over again from what they drink there. It’s fascinating to watch.
But what makes this post particularly bad is the way Epstein pussyfoots around the position he sets out to take. The entire end of his post is basically “don’t get me wrong, I think the iPhone 4S is great but…”
So he loves the device, but analysts don’t, therefore it’s the end of Apple? Right.
He also cites the seemingly tepid reaction from the crowd during the event itself. I’ve been to pretty much every single Apple event over the past five years. This is the reaction about half of the time.
Rumors leading up to these event often set the stage for things that simply aren’t coming. This leads some to be disappointed — a natural reaction. It’s only when Apple is able to truly surprise people — like with the iPhone — that everyone is wowed. Even the initial iPad announcement was dubbed “underwhelming”.
If you judge Apple’s products by the reaction of analysts and the press, you’re an idiot. Pure and simple. Apple doesn’t make products for analysts and the press. They make products for everyone.
I’m just so fucking happy that Mashable was able to tie the Oslo tragedy into some story about Google+ this morning — one of two stories on the topic, so far. More as the keywords continue to take over Google.
And the cherry really is right on top. A nice big Google+ logo before the actual story with a message:
Already using Google+? Follow Mashable’s Pete Cashmore for the latest about the platform’s new features, tips and tricks as well as social media and technology updates.
Stay classy, Mashable.
What. Complete. Fucktards. And a great reminder that Google really, really fucked this up.
Earlier today, Google+ made a move to ban all accounts not actually tied to people but instead tied to brands. This wasn’t surprising, they’ve been saying they were going to do this — it’s exactly why we never set up a TechCrunch account.
Knowing this, Mashable created one anyway. And quickly amassed 100,000+ followers. Sure enough, Google banned the account this morning.
But instead of that being the end of the story, Mashable changed the name and picture on the account to “Pete Cashmore”, the name of the CEO. Account restored.
This goes beyond jackassery. This is fucktarded.